A former Michigan State football employee whose contract wasn’t renewed after police said he investigated a sexual assault complaint made against several football players without reporting it is suing the university. In his lawsuit, filed on Monday, Curtis Blackwell says that Michigan State ended his contract because of the escalating reports about how the university had enabled Larry Nassar, who later was convicted on multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct. He also claims in the complaint that all he did was inquire about what had happened at a party, which was part of his job’s function of “mentoring student athletes.” The lawsuit names former Michigan State president Lou Anna Simon, current head football coach Mark Dantonio, athletics director Mark Hollis, and two Michigan State police detectives, Chad Davis and Sam Miller. It was filed in federal court in Michigan. Blackwell was let go in June of 2017. Earlier that month, arrest warrants were signed for three Spartans football players for their roles in a sexual assault. All three eventually pleaded guilty to a lesser charge, seducing an unmarried woman, and were sentenced to probation with community service. After the arrests, police documents obtained by the Lansing State Journal showed that… Read full this story
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